baking, week 2…
on monday, sharkey and i made some bread the old-fashioned way – no bread machine in sight. i found an easy recipe online that required not too much time and not too much kneading, which was perfect. i actually ended up making the recipe twice – the first time i used all whole wheat flour, and although it tasted okay warm out of the oven, after an hour it was pretty much a brick. wah. so second time’s the charm!
(makes 3 loaves)
in a large bowl, mix:
3 cups of warm water
2 packages of active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
stir in 5 cups of white flour, then set aside somewhere warm for 30 minutes (or till big and bubbly).
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
then stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour.
flour a surface and knead the dough till it just pulls away from the surface. add 2-4 cups of white or whole wheat flour during this time, as needed. (i used white flour out of fear that it would be too dense otherwise.) divide the dough into 3 balls, putting each one in a greased bowl. also lightly grease the tops of the dough. cover and keep in a warm place till doubled.
preheat oven to 350. put in loaf pans, brushing the tops with 2 tablespoons of butter each. bake for 25-30 minutes, or till done. take out of pans and cool on a cooling rack. i like to slather a warm piece with butter, jam, or nutella. or all three. pants prefers a sugar-cinnamon combo. yum.
ps – do not, and i repeat, DO NOT leave your 3-year-old unattended with the flour while you run to the other room to answer your phone. just trust me on this.